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Hippie Futurist

This site is a public personal journal of my interpretation and appreciation for life. Through it I wish to share insights, inspiration and love.

Existence is vast, so any categorization is arbitrary. Nonetheless I enjoy experimenting with ontologies in the pursuit of better communication and mutual understanding. In this vein I seek truth through investigation of the past, meaning through present awareness, and fulfillment through loving conscious decisions.

PAST

Knowledge, Insights, Actions, Creations

The past is full of knowledge acquired and curated by ourselves and others. We can look to the past for information and inspiration. Reflecting on the past helps us determine what we want from the future and what is possible. Through learning, we literally unlock new potential ways of being.

Here are personal projects which I have categorized by spatial dimension. Each dimension possesses unique potential to contain, arrange and present information. The more singular the dimension (0-D), the closer we get to oneness and awareness. The higher the dimension (hyperdimensional), the more information and connections can be contained and observed. Perhaps it is not a linear scale but continuous, where high existence comes full-circle back to singularity. Indeed this concept is compatible with our highly fractal universe.

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

Pen Drawing, February 2017

Criptic Triptych: Universal Portals

Criptic Triptych: Universal Portals

Pen Drawing, January 2017

The Light Side of Darkness

The Light Side of Darkness

It is ironic that I find more humanity- in the conversations of people on the brink of death – than in the thoughtless banter of modern

Penxpressions 2017 Calendar

Penxpressions 2017 Calendar

Calendar

The Adventures of Scruffy and Stinky

The Adventures of Scruffy and Stinky

Storybook

Autumn Sketches

Autumn Sketches

Pen Drawing, October 2016

My Temple

My Temple

Pen Drawing, October 2016

Dia de la Muerte

Dia de la Muerte

Pen Drawing, October 2016

Halloween Manor

Halloween Manor

Pen Drawing, October 2016

Love, Peace, Power

Love, Peace, Power

Pen Drawing, September 2016

Texture Canyon

Texture Canyon

Pen Drawing, September 2016

Fractal Tree Generator

Fractal Tree Generator

Interactive Animation

Ecosystem

Ecosystem

Pen Drawing, August 2016

Times Table Geometry Simulator

Times Table Geometry Simulator

Interactive Animation

Inspiration

Inspiration

Pen Drawing, August 2016

The Struggles and Triumphs of a Multipotentialite

The Struggles and Triumphs of a Multipotentialite

I aim to develop a working knowledge of what other talented people have discovered and created, and concurrently develop a holistic ...

Brain Food

Brain Food

Pen Drawing, August 2016

Zen Flowers

Zen Flowers

Pen Drawing, July 2016

Choice

Choice

Pen Drawing with Digital Color, July 2016

Yin Yang

Yin Yang

Pen Drawing, June 2016

Type II Civilization/Humanity Conquers the Solar System

Type II Civilization/Humanity Conquers the Solar System

Pen Drawing, June 2016

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Pen Drawing, June 2016

Think and Feel Before You Act

Think and Feel Before You Act

Pen Drawing, June 2016

The Sun Sets on Reality/Escaping Zombieland

The Sun Sets on Reality/Escaping Zombieland

Pen and Colored Pencil Drawing, June 2016

Monkey Mind Doodles

Monkey Mind Doodles

Pen Drawing, June 2016

Elusive Enlightenment Octopus

Elusive Enlightenment Octopus

Pen Drawing, June 2016

FORM Arcosanti

FORM Arcosanti

Pen and Colored Pencil Drawing, June 2016

Mesa Arcosanti

Mesa Arcosanti

Pen and Colored Pencil Drawing, June 2016

Holonic/Fractal Theory of Consciousness

Holonic/Fractal Theory of Consciousness

What happens when an entire planet of humans understand their value/place in the cosmos and become “enlightened”? What do we call this ...

Human

Human

Pen Drawing, April 2016

Castle Arcology

Castle Arcology

Pen Drawing, April 2016

Tree Reflection

Tree Reflection

Pencil Drawing, December 2015

December Media Fast Challenge

December Media Fast Challenge

I invite and challenge you to disrupt these modern comforts. Suspend your disbelief and urges for just one month. Resist the temptation

Reflection – Whose Flag Do We Honor?

Reflection – Whose Flag Do We Honor?

Whose flag do we honor, whose flag do we blame? Are they separate or one in the same?

Poem – New Humanity Mantra

Poem – New Humanity Mantra

My approach is humanistic. My values are scientific. My opinion is irrelevant. But my humanity is not.

On this Labor Day, Examining the Future of Labor and Technology

On this Labor Day, Examining the Future of Labor and Technology

Technological advancement at the level we are seeing now is something to embrace, not fear. It gives us the opportunity to radically ...

Eco Tracker Network Platform (Project Concept)

Eco Tracker Network Platform (Project Concept)

Meddle Animation (Project Concept)

Meddle Animation (Project Concept)

Poem – God of Thunder

Poem – God of Thunder

Billowy clouds overhead, the night knows peace. The wind sinks and swirls along the Earth, hugging the ground before rising back up ...

Poem – Meditation Mantra

Poem – Meditation Mantra

What is a Hippie Futurist?

What is a Hippie Futurist?

My ideal view of the future is one in which humanity reconnects with nature, our one globally shared home. We will apply technology ...

Crashing the Lego Movie Premier

Crashing the Lego Movie Premier

Mixed Media Model, July 2007

Recipe Book Cover Pages

Recipe Book Cover Pages

Scrapbook craft, December 2013

Island Echoes Pt 5: Transformation 2

Island Echoes Pt 5: Transformation 2

Digital Drawing, December 2012

Island Echoes Pt 5: Transformation 1

Island Echoes Pt 5: Transformation 1

Digital Drawing, December 2012

Island Echoes Pt 5: Steps to Reality

Island Echoes Pt 5: Steps to Reality

Digital Drawing, November 2012

Island Echoes Pt 4: Home

Island Echoes Pt 4: Home

Pencil Drawing, November 2012

Island Echoes Pt 3: Joy

Island Echoes Pt 3: Joy

Pencil Drawing, November 2012

Island Echoes Pt 2: Shipwreck

Island Echoes Pt 2: Shipwreck

Pencil Drawing, November 2012

Island Echoes Pt 1: Stormy Seas

Island Echoes Pt 1: Stormy Seas

Pencil Drawing, November 2012

ASCII Art

ASCII Art

Programmatic Image, August 2016

Peace of Mind Animation (Work in Progress)

Peace of Mind Animation (Work in Progress)

Halloween Image Banner

Halloween Image Banner

Pen Drawing, October 2010

Holiday Popsicle House

Holiday Popsicle House

ASH Floating Platform

ASH Floating Platform

Digital Drawing, 2009

Austin Housing Concept

Austin Housing Concept

Mixed Media Model, July 2007

UT Archway

UT Archway

Pencil Drawing, July 2007

The Titanic For Dinner

The Titanic For Dinner

Colored Pencil Drawing, 1998

PRESENT

Mindfulness, Wisdom, Love

The present is the only moment that exists. Since each moment is infinitesimal, there are infinitely many moments available to us. Each moment contains infinite potential wisdom, meaning and opportunities for love and appreciation.

Photography is an attempt to capture the moments that are meaningful to us in two-dimensional imagery. Here is a photo journal of the moments that inspire me.

FUTURE

Possibilities of the Self and World

Individually and collectively our internal and external worlds are continuously changing, becoming, and re-birthing. Most of the cells in our bodies are completely new from the time we were born to now. Our life experiences have profound impacts on our chemistry, personality and consciousness. Sometimes our actual experiences fit into our stories about ourselves, sometimes they force our stories to change, and other times we live in denial. But despite our level of awareness our bodies, minds and consciousness are constantly new. As such we are less like static nouns and more like evolving verbs.

Who we are is therefore the substance that influences our future actions, the values and beliefs that guide our decisions, what we create, what we destroy, and who we impact.

Who I am in this moment is really, “What will I do in the next?” “What impact will I have on others and myself?” “To what extend can I control my future and our collective future through my infinitesimal but conscious differential actions?” “How can I effectively combine my talents and actions with those of others to tackle things on a bigger scale that I cannot handle on my own?

In accordance with Chaos Theory, the values, beliefs and pursuits you have in the immediate future dramatically impact the distant future. You are the center of your own Universe. The future starts with you, and an examination of the differential actions that you take. What future do you want to create?

Self Introduction

I frequently reflect on the above questions to ensure I’m living the life I want to lead (as much as random variables allow). As my moniker implies, I love nature and exploring humanity’s place in it. I strive to apply my myriad interests towards projects that are fulfilling and likely to create lasting positive change. I contribute to the Futurist Playground, a group developing and experimenting with open-source technologies and community designs that are sustainable, scalable and duplicable to address some of the world’s biggest systemic challenges.

I recognize that we are each only one person, but through the power of synergy and exponential growth I firmly believe we can solve big problems quickly when we work together toward a common goal that benefits everyone. Faced with the accelerating problems around us, anything less will fall short. The challenges are insurmountable only when we limit our potential as human beings and manifestations of loving spirit.

My Approach

I have organized the general knowledge and insights that influence me into these categories: passions, values, inspiration, strategies, plans, which are described below.

With passion, our dreams become hopes.
With inspiration, our hopes become goals.
With strategy, our goals become plans.
With values, our plans become decisions.
With action, our decisions become reality.

Passions are the interests that we love doing. They inspire us, unlock our creativity, engage us spiritually and invoke strong emotional feeling. They also reveal our values: what is truly important to us. They connect us to the universe and if pursued, lead to life fulfillment.

These are categories of passion I have personally observed, which I also feel are universally human. These are the areas in which I apply my energy.

  • Spirituality (internal, subjective) – Connect to the God within you
  • Nature (internal, objective) – Understand the Universe you are a part of
  • Love (external, subjective) – Create unity through synergy and mutual well-being
  • Art (external, objective) – Share your talents with others and reach self-actualization

Values are the fundamental principles that influence and guide our decisions and lifestyles. Influenced by our beliefs, passions and knowledge, they are powerful indicators of our future. If we are open enough, we can reorient our values towards those which are more likely to create an environment of health, happiness, and peace for ourselves and others.

These are the values I strive to live by in order to create an environment of love and abundance for myself and others:

  • Love/Abundance
    • Compassion & Appreciation
    • Health & Well-Being
    • Truth & Honesty
    • Openness & Sharing
    • Environmental Regeneration & Sustainability
    • Resource Abundance
    • Freedom & Autonomy
    • Community & Communion

Inspiration from Nature (Reality)

The Universe and Existence are vast and full of unknown mysteries. Through scientific investigation we also know that under certain conditions the Universe operates according to certain fundamental patterns and algorithms, which we call laws of nature. These patterns govern cause-and-effect relationships at micro and macroscopic scales. By learning them we can utilize them in all aspects of life and society. These phenomena already exist and solve problems in the Universe around us, so we know they can be applied to solving great problems at our own scale. Understanding these patterns provides us with powerful and transformational techniques which we can integrate into our strategies.

Below are models and theories about natural strategies that influence my perception and outlook towards existence. Alone, they are powerful. Combined, they are transformative. I encourage you to research and connect the possibilities of these different ideas yourself, and integrate them into what you already believe and know. How can they be integrated into a cohesive strategy?

Note of caution – the better the model, the bigger the problem

The more complex and elaborate our understanding/beliefs of the universe are, the better chance we have of confusing and tricking ourselves into thinking we have everything figured out. The more we believe we know about Existence/reality, the less open we are to new possibilities. So think carefully and trust what you think is right, not what you want to be right.

Primary inspirational models and theories:

  • Systems Theory – the more variables we observe, the better we can address root-cause problems.
  • Biomimicry – Biological evolution provides us with a free and open-source 3.8 billion-year research and development program containing everything we need to know about energy efficiency, sustainability, regeneration, economic equality and abundance for all.
  • Synergy – the value of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Tensegrity – intertwined opposing forces can create synergy
  • Fractal Theory – fundamental patterns permeate all levels of existence – physical, chemical, biological, and mental, and spiritual
  • Chaos Theory – small (differential) variations in input can lead to dramatic and unpredictable differences in output
  • Exponential Growth – the law of accelerating returns can accomplish tasks in near-negligible time
  • Spiral Dynamics – World Consciousness continuously spirals toward higher states of being
  • Integral Theory – Evolution (of life, society and the Universe) transcends and includes its predecessors
  • Nonduality – all is one and connected

Our knowledge and beliefs about Society/The World/Existence shape our worldview and what we think is possible. False assumptions artificially limit our potential. Knowledge naturally increases it. By expanding our knowledge and acceptance of real phenomena and possibilities, countless doors of opportunity open for us.

By understanding the reality of nature we can shape the nature of reality.

Strategy provides structure to our efforts. It describes how we handle the use of available resources (like materials, energy, time, and knowledge) and how we respond to new information or obstacles. Our strategies may be steeped in tradition. They may be simple or complex. They may be consciously or unconsciously undertaken. Regardless, being more aware of the strategies (or lack thereof) we employ in our lives helps us live more self-directed lives.

Taking inspiration from nature, I intend to pursue nonlinear (exponential) iterative strategy.

 

A Little Strategy Theory

A strategy or general strategy is the optimization of the resources we do have, and figuring out how to act while navigating the unknown. It describes the general approach or algorithm we follow to achieve certain goals. It operates under the constraints of limited resources and an environment of some uncertainty or unpredictability.
Example: the general strategy for winning a game of Chess.

An iterative strategy is intended to break a general strategy down into smaller, more manageable components. Like an algorithm or protocol, it iteratively repeats over some input (the available resources) and make incremental progress toward its goal or intended outcome.
Example: the decisions executed each round in a game of Chess to improve position and incrementally work towards winning the game.

A linear iterative strategy uses the same resources and expends the same amount of effort each round
Example: advancing and/or capturing one opponent piece each round in a game of Chess.

A nonlinear (exponential) iterative strategy may use more resources each round, i.e. it accelerates.
Example: in a game of Monopoly (as in its real-world system Capitalism), the more capital and property accrued, the more can be extracted from each player each round and therefore the faster the game will be won. The rate of winning accelerates quite rapidly. At a certain point, most players don’t stand a chance as they lose their valuable property (market share). Rather than converging towards equality, the game diverges toward inequality.

 

Properties of an Effective Nonlinear (Exponential) Iterative Strategy

Taking inspiration from nature, I propose these properties for an effective nonlinear iterative strategy:

  • Efficiency – usage of limited resources (like materials, energy, knowledge, and time) is optimized
  • Resiliency – unknown outcomes can be handled and responded to with minimized risk to the effectiveness of the strategy
  • Adaptability and Flexibility – significant risks/external factors as well as new scenarios and relevant information are integrated into the strategy as they are learned, improving its effectiveness and stability. The strategy is open to change by adhering to important identifying values while experimenting with different approaches.
  • Inclusivity and Scalability – the strategy becomes more encompassing by internalizing external factors. Internal factors are those “in control” while external factors are ones “out of control”. External factors represent risk and the unknown. So to minimize risk, an effective strategy naturally internalizes those external factors. This does not mean the strategy is bent on world domination. Instead, the strategy addresses the “concerns” of those factors and turns potential problems into real opportunities. It diffuses rather than destroys threats. Thus the most effective strategies are more global in scope and open in their views. This natural growth phenomenon does not make strategies inherently good or bad. Just like any tool, they can be used to do good or bad things. An optimized strategy just takes advantage of the patterns and available resources of its environment. No environment is isolated, so the bigger the environment considered, the more effective the strategy will be.
  • Duplicability – the strategy can be implemented in another location, with different resources, and for different people. This eliminates single point-of-failure and control.
  • Sustainability – success and growth into space and time do not undermine the effectiveness of the strategy. The strategy must be future-oriented, by anticipating, designing, and implementing closed-loop systems as it develops.
  • Simplicity – the strategy is easy enough to understand, implement, and modify, so that it can be executed by new people and adapted to new situations

Integrating my passions, values, inspiration and strategy, these are some of my plans for a better future:

  • Post-Scarcity Economy/Society – by re-orienting our values we can use our high level of technology to create abundance and free the world from servitude, debt, and structural violence.
  • Value-Based Decisioning – it is possible to identify values that benefit all of us, and then create a simple system to integrate them into our decision-making. By choosing our values, we arrive at decisions instead of (haphazardly) making them. Conflict arises from differing values; aligning values is more likely to lead to unified harmony.
  • Need-Fulfillment Community –  Living in abundance with our basic needs met enables us to more easily achieve self-actualization and transcendence, outgrowing old paradigms of scarcity, fear, ignorance and violence.

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